Tumbling Down: When Chronic Illness Meets Writing – by Ivi Jayde…

on The Creative Penn:

Intro by Joanna Penn:

Many writers deal with the usual stresses of life, but also with chronic illness. Writing can be a great career when managing cycles of pain and energy, but you need to take extra care of yourself. 

In this article, Ivi Jayde shares five self-care tips to support writers in this situation. 

You might also find Writing with Chronic Illness by Kristine Kathryn Rusch useful.


I am twenty-eight and a writer but I also have fibromyalgia. Like many with this chronic condition, it’s hard to get through the daily grind, let alone write with it.

As all you writers out there know, writing requires mental stamina and concentration. When pain and fibro fog have you staring at the screen before you, you simply want to quit. However, not all of us can do that. Perhaps it’s the main form of how we sustain ourselves.

So without further ado, a few suggestions on how to handle a chronic illness and doing something that requires thinking and focus.

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